You Look Like You Eat Allot of Cereal

I’ll have to admit when my chiropractor said to me “you look like you eat allot of cereal” I was totally in the dark, not sure what he would know about my nutritional habits from a cursory view.

For the last twenty-years or so I’ve always had an annual physical and in the last ten -years I’ve seen my chiropractor routinely for wellness adjustments. In recent years he would say I’m not sure what else I can do for you. I also avoided gluten since being diagnosed with celiac disease over twenty years ago. If I didn’t my stomach would bloat and I’d loose my energy. I baked my own gluten-free bread and cakes, make my own yogurt, focused on being gluten-free.

When the chiropractor made the “cereal” statement to me I was thinking breakfast but I was not eating allot of cereal in my view. I was alternating between 2-eggs and a banana, cooked old-fashioned or steel cut Irish Oatmeal, and rice squares. When eating cereal I added whole milk since I didn’t want to use milk that had been “processed and reformulated into 2-percent or skim etc.” feeling like that may be some folks issues with allergic reactions to milk and dairy products. I would often add a spoonful of sugar or honey and a sliced banana. I rarely had toast for breakfast. So my reaction to him was No, I eat allot of eggs and rotate my cereals for breakfast. His response to me was “you need to see my father.”

His father was a nutritionist who had experienced allot of success with his patients following a heritage diet. That is, if your ancestors were middle-European, or from southern-Africa, or Asia etc. hundreds of years ago what did they eat, and that is what your body genetically required. Probably allot of roots and greens. He also prescribed a blood test (that the insurance company would not pay for) that supported his view and confirmed that my diet was mostly on track when it came to basic nutrition. Some added nano-greens, vitamins and minerals were recommended as well as a membership to a local gym. For breakfast I reduced the cereal consumption and went to eating mostly eggs, a banana and a cup of coffee for breakfast. But my “cereal body” with the tummy fat and about twenty-pounds of excess weight did not melt away.

During this experience with the nutritionist the company I worked for had a wellness program that had health requirements that had to be met to get the best rate for health benefits. My burgeoning BMI (body mass index) finally became an issue. After hitting the gym three days a week and reducing my calories I was able to reduce the weight but I didn’t loose the “cereal body” my doctor referenced. I  had gained weight attempting to eat gluten-free, a frustration when I was hearing about others who lost weight when changing to a gluten free diet.

About 4-months ago I came across some references to Dr Stephen Gundry’s work and IMG_7083[1]lectins and decided to read his book The Plant Paradox where he takes a broader view on “cereal” than what we eat for breakfast, meaning the grain category including wheat, oats, barley, rye, rice etc.. I admit I’m not with him in his view of the origin of man but it makes sense if we create vaccines from the disease we’re trying to cure why wouldn’t we do the same with fat? My changes included eating 4-eggs (1 white with 4 yolks) and a banana for breakfast, some of his favorite coconut flour muffins and including hi-plant fat avocados which Dr. Gundry claims is the only food we can’t eat too much of and changing jobs to an active work instead of a desk job resulting in a loss of over 20-pounds and most of my “cereal body.”

I know life is a journey, so is it the higher-fat diet and less cereal grains or the less sedentary work and more active lifestyle or perhaps a combination of both? What I’ve learned is that I still have allot to learn. Starting this journey with a high-probiotic diet to reducing my cereal grain consumption took me back to a weight I had over 40-years ago when I felt my best. I have not adopted a Vegan or Vegetarian diet but today thankfully, I can physically out-work most 20-year-olds.

I’d love to know your story as well especially when it comes to the reduction of cereal grains in your diet.



Is Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free

Not a cereal or grain though similar in size to wheat grains whole buckwheat is a wild rhubarb relative fruit placing it on the pseudo cereal list. Buckwheat or Fagopyrum esculentum is gluten free except in instances of cross-contamination.  When planting

buckwheat seedlings appear within three to five days and it is ready for harvest in ten to twelve weeks according to Cornell University. Photo at right shows buckwheat in full flower.

After removing the fruits hull, the inside groats of buckwheat can be roasted to make kasha or ground to make buckwheat flour.  Kasha describes a porridge made from any whole grain in most parts of the world.

So why all is buckwheat getting all this attention. Perhaps because it’s used globally as a staple and alternative flour in combination with other flours since it lacks gluten. It’s been grown over 4,000 years in India and Nepal and other parts of Asia. Perhaps you’re familiar with these buckwheat dishes:

Rich in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin C, buckwheat  has been placed in the super food category by some while others warn that buckwheat flour based noodles and pancakes have a higher glycemic load than the more healthy groats. Stone grinding the flour leaves the germ more intact than roller processes yielding a coarser texture with more flavor.

There are several places you can buy gluten free buckwheat flour. Bob’s Red Mill carries organic buckwheat flour, pancake mix, whole buckwheat groats, porridge or hot cereal, and whole grain kasha found at many grocers and King Arthur’s has gluten free buckwheat flour in 2-pound fresh-lock bags and recipes for buckwheat flour bread, Buckwheat the Ultimate Guideblini, and Stromboli. You can also buy Hodgson Mills buckwheat flour ground from select groats with that nutty flavor made for generations from grocers, direct or at  The Arrowhead Mills brand may be available in your area. North Carolina’s High Mountain Farms also sells a organic stone milled buckwheat flour. As for organic sprouted buckwheat flour that can be found at Blue Mountain Organics, and Shiloh Farms.Cooking with Buckwheat Flour

For buckwheat flour based recipes Dr. Jonathan Doue has written Buckwheat: The Ultimate Recipe Guide, and Jeen van der Meer has a cookbook called Cooking with Buckwheat Flour that may be helpful for adding this flavor profile into your diet. Perhaps you’d rather make your own buckwheat flour at home with a simple food processor or grain mill.

Arrowroot Flour

Is arrowroot gluten free and is it flour or a starch?

We’re surrounded by attempts to create descriptive names for things, iPad, stapler, cell phone, bicycle, and envelope just to name a few. But how do you think the plant arrowroot got it’s name? Perhaps the legend that it was a South American Indian word for “root flour. ” Natives in West Indies used the root in a poultice to draw poison from wounds from poisoned arrow heads. It is also called Chinese potato, Yuquilla, Goo, Chok-Eden Kuzu Root StarchWoo, Tacca and Pitisilen. Whatever it’s descriptive origin arrowroot continues to be used in many baking and cooking applications.

Arrowroot is often combined with other flours in place of wheat flour for baking.  You can find arrowroot flour or starch in tea, soups, cookies, cakes, even hot sauces and jelly. Unlike other starches arrowroot used in gravies give a clear finish.

Arrowroot cookies doesn’t mean that they are inherently gluten free even though the flavorless flour itself is. Teething biscuits for babies often used Arrowroot Cookies because they are allergen free. Be sure to check the label, wheat is often used as well in these recipes. Probably stocked at your local grocery store, Mi-Del does make a gluten free animal cookie that includes rice, potato, and corn flours.

Yummly has numerous arrowroot cookie recipes including, chewy lemon and thyme, almond chocolate thumbprint, strawberry meringue, chewy chocolate chip and many more. Genius Kitchen uses some butter, white sugar, egg, vanilla, gluten free flour, arrowroot, banking powder and salt to make their arrowroot cookies in about twenty minutes from scratch. If you’re looking for a Paleo pie crust recipe consisting of coconut, almond, and arrowroot flours check out Lea Valle’s recipe. Perhaps it’s just those warm blueberry muffins using almond and arrowroot flours with fruit, eggs, and some all natural maple syrup like Mommypotamus makes. Even gluten free arrowroot bagels.

Bobs Red Mill ArrowrootYou can buy arrowroot flour at Bob’s Red Mill  who includes a snicker doodle recipe on the back of their arrowroot bag. Kate’s Naturals arrowroot flour is available from allot of vendors.

If you live in a place where you can get arrowroot tubers you may want to make the flour or starch yourself but it’s allot of work. Esty has some beautiful tubers from Thiland shown in the banner. The original sources of arrowroot are being replaced by new varieties with higher starch content. You may be familiar with Florida arrowroot, or the traditional Maranta arundinacea.  The British Empire imported arrowroot from St Vincent for years.

The application of arrowroot directly on painful gums or sore mouth has been a alternative remedy as well as stomach and intestinal issues including diarrhea according to WebMd. There is some scientific evidence that arrowroot may help get rid of cholesterol in the body.


Celiac Disease Test

You may wonder what the process is to determine if someone has Celiac Disease. If your condition has gone to the extent where you’re anemic and overwhelmingly tired as I was, stop the train and blow the whistle.  My discovery experience included a diagnostic colonoscopy, small intestine biopsy, and endoscopy that told the tale seeing that the villi in the small intestine, where nutrient absorption occurs were nubbins … almost gone. These villi can increase the nutrient absorbing surface approximately 25 times.

We understand so much more about celiac disease today and with a simple blood test you’re able to screen for the disease. According to the Celiac Foundation “there are [  ] antibody tests available to double-check for potential false positives or false negatives, but because of potential for false antibody test results, a biopsy of the small intestine is the only way to diagnose celiac disease.”

If there is someone in your family like parents, brothers, or sisters with gluten intolerance you have a significant risk of having it yourself. Genetic tests are recommended for family members, especially children.  Don’t confuse gluten intolerance or celiac disease with a wheat allergy. Food allergies can be fatal and often exhibit symptoms like simple rashes, hives, itching or swelling to having difficulty breathing even loss of consciousness.

It’s better to know the truth instead of self-diagnosis and treatment. Check with your physician if you have diarrhea, a potbelly, breath that is foul-smelling, irregular stools, or digestive issues that last for weeks.

Gluten-Free Guides

There has been allot of interest in eating a gluten-free diet whether diagnosed with celiac disease or not. Sometimes it just nice to have some kind of gluten-free guide to help make living gluten-free a good decision or is it a fad that really doesn’t add anything to your life.

Where do you find that kind of reliable information that is thorough and dependable?  Dr. Joseph Murray at the Mayo Clinic has written the Mayo Clinic Going Gluten-Free that focuses on living a gluten-free lifestyle, from the onset of being inquisitive to being diagnosed and managing eating out, if this new discovery is for you or a family member and more. Real life issues that can help manage pitfalls and well-intentioned but misinformed opinions.

If you want to eat out gluten-free Adam Bryan has written an amazing national Restaurant Guide with over 150 restaurant menus with gluten-free options. No matter if you have Celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or allergy, or just maintaining a gluten-free diet. Check out our book page for more information.